Tag Archives: Energy Department

Clean Energy Advocate Jennifer Granholm Becomes DOE Secretary

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm, formerly the governor of Michigan, assumed leadership over the Department of Energy (DOE) when she was sworn in on Thursday as the 16th energy secretary. Granholm's swearing in follows a Senate vote of 64-35 for her confirmation as the secretary of energy. She takes over from David Huizenga who held the role on an acting basis as the Biden administration transitioned in.

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DOE Awards Grant for Academica-led Nuclear Science Research; Kasia Mendelsohn Quoted

DOE

An academic consortium will pursue research on nuclear science, engineering and security through a five-year, $25 million grant awarded by the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). “I am confident the Berkeley-led team will build on their past success and continue to produce an effective return on agency investment,” said Kasia Mendelsohn

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GAO: DOE Must Align Goals, Implement Performance Metrics for Tech Transfer Initiatives

Small Business

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified three barriers to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) transition of project funding to the private sector and recommends the department to establish performance goals and metrics for technology transfers. The department collates DOE-wide technology transfer data such as the number of patents and licenses every year, GAO noted.

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GAO: NIH Awarded Most SBIR Funding to Venture-Backed Companies in FY 19-20

SBIR Funding

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the departments of the Navy and Education awarded $31.6 million in obligations to nontraditional companies in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The three agencies issued a total of 45 SBIR awards in a push to drive innovation and research in topic areas that have seen limited private funding, the watchdog noted.

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President Biden Directs Establishment of S&T Advisory Council

White House

President Biden has issued an executive order directing the creation of an interdisciplinary group of experts that will provide advisory support on science and technology. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will be co-chaired by the “science adviser” or the assistant to the president for S&T and have up to 26 members including engineers, scientists and other professionals.

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Tarak Shah, David Huizenga to Lead Biden Administration’s DOE

DOE

Tarak Shah, an experienced energy policy expert, and David Huizenga, associate principal deputy administrator for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), have been appointed to serve as DOE's chief of staff and acting secretary, respectively. Both Shah and Huizenga will lead DOE under the Biden-Harris Administration in support of newly inaugurated President Biden, the department said Thursday.

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DOE Gets State, Local Governments to Apply New Building Technologies; AnnaMaria Garcia Quoted

DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected seven local and state government entities to install new building technologies in Texas, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Tennessee and Rhode Island. DOE said Wednesday that it competitively selected four local government bodies, two state energy agencies and a state judicial council to have these technologies installed and demonstrated under the department's State Energy Program.

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DOE Earmarks $50M for Materials Extraction R&D Projects; Daniel Simmons Quoted

Daniel Simmons

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invested over $50 million to support 15 projects focused on materials extraction and engineering to support government initiatives aimed at mitigating supply risks in critical manufacturing efforts. Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said the investments are meant to fortify the U.S. industrial base by addressing gaps in the domestic supply chain.

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DOE Announces $124M Funding Opportunity for Domestic Manufacturing Projects

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $123.6 million in funds to 46 projects to help advance technology innovation in support of domestic manufacturing efforts. The department’s office of energy efficiency and renewable energy also announced $44.7 million for cost-shared efforts and is funding the projects through its advanced manufacturing office.

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DOE Invests in Phase I R&D Work Under 139 Small Businesses

Small Business

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $37 million to fund Phase I research and development activities under 170 grants issued to 139 small businesses in support of the DOE Office of Science. DOE said Tuesday the Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer grants have a median value of $200,000 and cover a period of up to 12 months.

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